The Indians gave up on their $7 million experiment with 32-year-old right-hander Brett Myers Thursday, reinstating him to the 60-man roster and releasing him.
Myers went 0-3 with an 8.02 ERA in 21 1/3 innings. He gave up 29 hits and 10 home runs during his short time on the mound, striking out 12 and walking five.
Myers is one of three pitchers in major league history to allow at least 10 home runs in a season in 22 innings or less. He joins Mike Lincoln (2000) and Joel Bennett (1999) in that dubious category.
Myers has been on the disabled list since April 20 with inflammation in his right elbow, starting rehab at Class-AA Akron and Class-A Mahoning Valley on May 29. In seven games in the minors, Myers compiled a 3.09 ERA in 11 2/3 innings.
“To his credit he plugged away,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “He could have shut it down multiple times; he never did. He was getting antsy because he felt like he was getting ready to help us. Because he’d had such a long layoff we wanted to see him pitch some more. Out of respect to him – this is where (general manager) Chris (Antonetti) is one of the best – he gave him a chance to be let go now before September so maybe he could find a spot in the big leagues instead of waiting until after teams call people up.”
Francona said he called Myers to thank him.
“He tried hard,” Francona said. “His elbow acted up … a lot of wear and tear. He could have gone home at any time and we would have never questioned."
Spending last season with the Houston Astros and Chicago White Sox, Myers was signed on Jan. 4 and earned the No. 3 spot in the starting rotation. He also struggled in spring training with the Tribe, allowing 21 earned runs and 36 hits in 21 innings.